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January cruise deals for up to 50% off your next holiday

Set sail while the weather is warm and the cruise deals are hot.

When it comes to cruises, January is THE time to cash in on the best sea getaways.

It’s right in the middle of wave season, which runs from October until April, and once it hits the halfway point of the season prices start to drop. Here are some of the best bargains out there this season.

Cruise deals that are available right now:

50% off second passenger with Norwegian

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Valid for oceanview cabins on select cruises until Feburary 2020. Destinations include Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean, Mediterranean and more. Fares start at $586 per person.

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$500 off European river cruises

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Valid for travel from July 2018 - December 2019. Plus, get an extra 5% off for paying by cheque or EFT. Includes all river cruises on the Rhine, Main & Danube River (excludes Russia). T&Cs apply.

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$1 deposits + free room upgrades

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Valid on select cruises until April 2019 with P&O. Destinations include Australia (Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia, Victoria), New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and Fiji.

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Up to 33% off P&O cruises

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Valid for select departures until April 2020. Destinations include Queensland, Tasmania, New Caledonia, Vanuatu and New Zealand.

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Up to $1,100 off European river cruises

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Valid on select dates from March 2019 - November 2019. Destinations include Budapest, Munich, Prague, Berlin, Krakow and more. Note: Deposit must be paid by 7 November to receive discount.

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Western Australia getaway cruise from $779

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Valid for cruise from 30 October - 3 November 2018. Includes 4-night Princess Cruises cruise in an outside or balcony room, onboard meals and entertainment, port charges and government fees.

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Free flights and transfers

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Valid from October - December 2018 for select exotic cruises to Indian Ocean and Caribbean. T&Cs apply.

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Up to $800 off + 50% off deposits on Carnival cruises

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Valid on select cruises between October - December 2018, January - June and October - December 2019. Destinations include Australia (Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia, Victoria), New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Pacific Islands and Fiji.

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Up to $1,000 onboard credit with Cunard

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Valid on select dates and sailings with Cunard. Onboard credit amount varies based on length of cruise and cabin type booked. T&Cs apply.

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Up to $800 off cruises with Carnival

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Valid for cruises from August 2018 - December 2019. Destinations include Sydney, Noumea, Melbourne, Auckland and more. T&Cs apply.

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$1 deposits + free room upgrades

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Valid on select cruises until April 2020 with P&O. Destinations include Australia (Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia, Victoria), New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and Fiji.

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50% off second passenger with MSC

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Valid on select 2018-19 cruises. Includes a Cirque du Soleil dinner and show onboard. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 40% off cruises + kids sail 50% off with Royal Caribbean

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Valid for travel on select dates between November - December 2018, February - December 2019 and March 2020. Destinations include Asia, New Zealand, Australia and South Pacific. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 33% on Royal Caribbean sailings

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Book a Royal Caribbean sailing with CruiseAway and get up to 71% off the brochure price.

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$1,500 off 16-day Canadian and Alaska cruise + flights

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Valid from 19 May - 1 September 2019. Includes flights, stateroom, hotel accommodation, transfers and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 46% off river cruises

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Valid for select 2018-2019 departures. Destinations include Passau, Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava and more. T&Cs apply.

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4-night Cuba cruise with Royal Caribbean from US$309

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Valid for cruise from 15 November 2018 - 21 March 2019, departs from Miami. Includes up to US$500 to spend on board and more. T&Cs apply.

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4-night Mexico cruise with Carnival from US$234

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Valid for cruise from 23 July - 30 September 2018, departs from Los Angeles. Includes up to US$525 to spend on board and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 70% off Croatia sailings

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Valid for travel from 15 July - 16 September 2018. T&Cs apply.

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7-night Bermuda cruise from US$649

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Valid from 15 July - 2 September 2018 with Celebrity Cruises. T&Cs apply.

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Mediterranean cruises from $290 with Costa Cruises

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Valid for travel on select 2019 cruises. Includes 7-night western Mediterranean cruises, use of Costa exclusive amenities and 10% off shore excursions. Destinations include Genova, Marseille, Barcelona, Valencia, Civitavecchia, La Spezi and more. T&Cs apply.

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$400 off China tour + Yangtzee River cruise

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Valid on select dates from 24 February - 17 November 2019. Includes return flights, accommodation, high-speed bullet train from Beijing-Wuxi and an English-speaking tour guide. Visits Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Yangtze.

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20% off select sailing tours

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Valid for travel between 28 July - 21 October 2018. Destinations include Croatia, Greece, Virgin Islands and Thailand.

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35% off select riverboat tours

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Valid for travel between 26 July - 21 October 2018. Destinations include India, Vietnam and Cambodia.

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Up to 25% off Antarctica expeditions

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Valid for travel between 22-24 October 2018 and 19-21 February 2019. T&Cs apply.

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51% off 7-night Greek Islands cruise

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Valid for cruise on select dates from 28 July - 1 September 2018. Includes accommodation, daily breakfast, guided pub crawls, beach party, transfers and more. T&Cs apply.

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34% off 9-night South Pacific cruise

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Valid on 6 January 2019 with Royal Caribbean and departs from Sydney. Destinations include Noumea, Mystery Island, Lifou and Isle of Pines. T&Cs apply.

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33% off 15-night Sydney to Honolulu cruise

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Valid on 17 April 2019 with Royal Caribbean. Destinations include Papeete, Moorea, Bora Bora and more. T&Cs apply.

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15% off select arctic expedition cruises

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Valid on select tours before August 2018 to Norway.

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Up to 34% off 12-night New Zealand Christmas and New Year cruise

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Valid on 23 December 2018 from Sydney with Celebrity Solstice. Includes cabin accommodation, meals, onboard activities and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 25% off Antarctic expeditions

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Valid for cruise on select dates from November 2018 - March 2019. Departs from Ushuaia or Buenos Aires. T&Cs apply.

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Up to $5,050 off Antarctica cruises with Peregrine

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Valid for departures on select dates from November 2018 - February 2019. Includes accommodation, meals, transfers and more. T&Cs apply.

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Fjords cruises from £679 + up to £100 tour credit Valid for travel on select 2018-19 sailings. Choose from a complimentary all-inclusive drinks upgrade or up to £100 pp shore tour credit. T&C's apply.

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10% off Croatia sailing tours

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Valid on select 2018 Croatia sailing trips with Busabout.

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11-day European Christmas market cruise from $2,298

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Valid for cruise on 10 December 2019. Includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and more. T&Cs apply.

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20% off Super economy tickets

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Valid on routes to Mykonos, Greece. T&Cs apply.

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Greece: €20 passenger tickets with Blue Star Ferries

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Valid on select dates of sailings. Destinations include Mykonos, Paros, Santorini, Karpathos, Leros, Samos, Lesvos, Kea and more. T&C's apply.

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Up to $3,000 off select sailings + up to $1,000 off airfares Valid for travel on select dates and sailings. Offer is valid on stateroom bookings only. Destinations include Hawaii, Mexico, Alaska, New Zealand, Australia and more. T&C's apply.

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No single supplement Book select cruises as a solo traveller and pay no single supplement.

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Alaska cruises from $1,179 with Princess Cruises Interior staterooms on Alaskan cruises from $1,179. Price based on twin share.

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Everything you need to know about wave season cruise deals

Wave season is for cruise what Vogue Online Shopping Night is for fashion. It’s the time of the year when cruise liners go into a frenzy of offering bonuses like free upgrades and onboard credit. That is, on top of cabin sales.

Wave season bargains generally last for three months from January to March and are for sailings throughout the year and into the following year to various destinations. Check back here for deals as they come in.


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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is the travel editor at finder.com.au. On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal on hotels or a sale on flights, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too. Though probably not before she buys her own ticket.

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